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Relation of the Army Air Forces to Medical Service Command, 20 Aug 1945

Policy concerning the interaction between the Army Air Forces leadership and the Air Surgeon, signed by Gen Henry Arnold, Army Air Forces Commanding General.

Memo Regarding the Air Force Medical Service, 1948

Justification for the establishment of a medical service distinct from the Army and Navy, signed by USAF Chief of Staff, Gen Hoyt Vandenberg.

General Order #35, 8 Jun 1949

Order authorizing the establishment of the Air Force Medical Service, signed by United States Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen Hoyt Vandenberg.

Report of the Medical Service, 1 July 1949 - 30 November 1949

The first AFMS History Report, including organization and function, written by Maj Gen Malcolm Grow.

The Necessity for an Organic Medical Service Within the United States Air Force, 1950

Letter in Opposition to an attempt to abolish the newly-founded independence of the Air Force Medical Service, by Maj Gen Harry G. Armstrong.